Category: South Asians Abroad Published on Friday, 03 August 2012 10:38 Written by Tapa Menon
Eureka City Council in California (USA), incorporated in 1856, will launch its day with Hindu prayers on August seven, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.
Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, will recite from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He plans to start and end the prayer with “Om”, the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.
Zed is a global Hindu and interfaith leader, who besides taking up the cause of religion worldwide, has also raised huge voice against the apartheid faced by about 15-million Roma (Gypsies) in Europe. Bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award; Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families, etc.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.
Eureka is home to Sequoia Park Zoo, Carson Mansion, Kinetic Sculpture Race and “Blues By The Bay”. Prominent people associated with it include musical artists Sara Bareilles, Trevor Dunn and Mike Patton; actors Lloyd Bridges and Brendan Fraser; baseball player Dane Iorg; hunter Seth Kinman; football player Rey Maualuga; fighter Nate Quarry and bowler Walter Ray Williams Junior. Frank Jager and David W. Tyson are Mayor and City Manager respectively.